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BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
    5 Ways Europe's Digital Single Market
Could Impact Film & TV
  Facebook's Response to Times Of
India on Free Basics
 
     
California Sees Increase in Film Production

After it was announced with bells and whistles May 8, the European Commission's Digital Single Market strategy met with considerable resistance.
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Internet.org is a partnership between Facebook and other companies that plans to bring access to selected internet services at affordable rates, especially in developing countries. Critics say it violates net neutrality by favouring Facebook's own services. TimesofIndia.com published an article - Facebook is selling old wine (Internet.org) in a new bottle (Free Basics), users be aware - and this is vice president of Internet.org Chris Daniels' response to the issues raised by us.
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Netflix's Big Challenge: Securing
Global Rights for Content
 
      Anil Ambani, Spielberg Join Hands
to Make Films
     



Netflix has expanded its video-streaming business around the world, but it faces a daunting challenge in the months ahead: Getting media companies to sell it global rights to content.
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Participant Media led by Jeff Skoll and Entertainment One (eOne), are also part of the joint venture. The Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Entertainment and acclaimed Hollywood director Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks on Thursday announced formation of Amblin Partners - a new film, television and digital content creation company.
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      Study: TV Advertising Falls Globally; Digital Poised to Overtake By End of 2017    
     



In the U.S., digital advertising will surpass TV in 2016. For the first time in history, outside of recession years, global television advertising revenue fell year-over-year as digital advertising surged once again. Digital, in fact, should overtake TV by the end of 2017, according to a study released Monday from Magna Global.
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GST Bill: Implementation of New Tax
Regime Will Enhance Competitiveness:
FICCI
 
 
CEA Arvind Subramanian panel's recommendations implementation would bring about efficiency and transparency in the indirect tax system enhancing the competitiveness of Indian industry, FICCI said.

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Star Plus is No. 1 Channel Across Genres  
 


With the Chennai rains playing damp squib, Hindi general entertainment channel (GEC) Star Plus has managed to take the position enjoyed by Sun TV until now to become the number  one  channel  across  genres  in week 48.
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      Star India & HBO Ink Programming Deal
to Screen Original Content
   
     
Star India and HBO have inked an exclusive programming agreement that will bring HBO original content to a wider audience via Star's English channels as well as its digital platform Hotstar. Star India will now air HBO original programming including Game of Thrones and True Detective. Star India CEO Uday Shankar said, "Star is delighted to partner with HBO to bring world class HBO original programming for Indian viewers. 
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      Discovery to Consider OTT Launch After
Pan-India 4G Rollout
   
     

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific will consider launching its over-the-top (OTT) platform in India once 4G services are rolled out pan-India, according to a senior company official.

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    China's Box Office Hits $6.24bn in 2015  
 
China's box office has passed the $6.24bn (RMB40bn) benchmark, an increase of more than 48% compared to the same period last year, according to state news agency Xinhua.
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YuppTV Launches On-demand Movie
Streaming Service
 
 


Over-the-top (OTT) player YuppTV has launched its on-demand movie streaming service called YuppFlix. Backed by its library of more than 5000+ movies in 12 languages, YuppFlix will offer users on-the-go entertainment across genres like comedy, thriller, romance, action, drama and devotional.
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      Ronnie Screwvala's Arré Acquires Video Streaming Venture Apalya    
   


In a bid to strengthen its video play capabilities, Ronnie Screwvala's digital media brand Arré has acquired a 100 per cent stake in Apalya Technologies, founded by Vamshi Reddy and Shiva Bayyapunedi.
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      Los Angeles May Get Gigabit Internet,
Courtesy of Google Fiber
   
     


Google is evaluating options for bringing its super-fast Google Fiber internet service to Los Angeles and Chicago, the company announced Tuesday.
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  Disney & Alibaba to Launch
OTT Service in China
 
 
Over-the-top (OTT) player YuppTV has launched its on-demand movie streaming service called YuppFlix. Backed by its library of more than 5000+ movies in 12 languages, YuppFlix will offer users on-the-go entertainment across genres like comedy, thriller, romance, action, drama and devotional.
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      Shemaroo Partners with DTH Players
to Launch 'Miniplex'
    Google Just Got More SeriousAbout India  
     
Film content and entertainment business provider Shemaroo Entertainment plans to launch its movie premiere service 'Miniplex' on cable and online after partnering with two DTH players.
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After days of anticipation, the real reason of Google CEO Sundar Pichai's visit to India has come to the fore. Fortunately, it was not about one single thing, but about many small initiatives that go to show that, Google just became more serious about India.

Sundar Pichai took the stage to explain in detail, and piece together, the announcements made in the course of last few months and their relevance to India. Real time cricket scores and videos by early next year, an expansive new campus in Hyderabad and an aggressive ramping up of recruitment in India were among a host of initiatives.
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    Half of Top-grossing Films Worldwide
Were Released in 2015
   
     

Given the number of tentpoles and sequels the studios were churning out, we predicted two years ago that 2015 was going to be a stellar box office year. And now, the industry is poised to top $11 billion domestically for the first time.
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      'Code Black', 'Rosewood' & Relocating 'Mistresses' Among 11 TV Projects
Scoring California Tax Credits
    State Incentives Create New Utah
Jobs, Attract Filming of New Stan
Lee Sci-fi Movie
 
     

ABC's Mistresses, rookie dramas Code Black and Rosewood and the Syfy telepic Sharknado 4 are among the 11 TV projects that received an early Christmas gift from the state of California today. With the program's heavy emphasis on job creation in the Golden State, the relocation of Mistresses from Vancouver is a very good get in that many U.S. shows and pics are made up there due in part to the lower Canadian dollar.
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State tax incentives the Governor's Office of Economic Development board approved Thursday will help a Draper financial services firm and a St. George aerospace company expand, creating more than 300 new jobs.
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      MIB to Set Up Film Facilitation Offices
to Aid Foreign Filmmakers in India
    Georgia in Eastern Europe Launches
Film Incentive
 
     
The Government has cleared proposals for setting up Film Facilitation Office (FFO) in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata for foreign film producers in assisting them to procure requisite permissions to shoot in India. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told Parliament today that the FFO would be set up with the help of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC).
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State tax incentives the Governor's Office of Economic Development board approved Thursday will help a Draper financial services firm and a St. George aerospace company expand, creating more than 300 new jobs. Payment of the base 20% rebate will be awarded once a shoot wraps, according to production networking organisation Film New Europe (FNE).
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      The State Gave $58 Million in Film Tax
Credits in 2014
    New York Will Remain A TV and Film Hub
- Just Keep Those Tax Credits Coming
 
     

Massachusetts provided 72 percent more in tax credits in 2014 than it did in 2013. Massachusetts issued $58 million in film tax credits in 2014, with Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" receiving the most breaks, reports The Boston Globe.
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Alan Suna, chief executive of Long Island City-based Silvercup Studios, says his company is expanding with help from a booming industry.

TV and film production in New York seems to be booming, with 46 episodic TV shows produced here in 2014-15, up from 29 the year before, and 250 films so far this year, compared with 194 for all of 2014. What's the story at Silvercup?

We are incredibly booked up. We have had one studio available in recent months because one show shrunk in size.
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      Highlights of The NFDC Film Bazaar    
     
NFDC Film Bazaar 2015 held in Goa trained the spotlight on how the government can facilitate international and domestic shoots in India and also discussed ways to hone talent via Knowledge Series and Screenwriters' Lab. This year, the key topic of discussion at the NFDC Film Bazaar was all about film tourism, with prominent people from different government bodies and the film industry attending the four-day event in Goa.
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    FILM TOURISM    
      Tourism, Film Industry Linked Together for Economic Benefit - Minister Zammit Lewis

      The Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, addressed a Film Tourism Seminar organised by the Malta Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission. The Minister noted that today's traveller has become an avid explorer seeking new experiences and constantly looking for new destinations.
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      Ireland Hopes The Force is Strong with Star Wars Tourism  
     

Ireland has high hopes for 2016. After a record number of tourists headed for the Emerald Isle in 2015, the country is hoping to have another big year – and it's using the Force to reach its goals. Yes, part of Star Wars Episode VII was filmed in Ireland, and tourism officials are hoping the film's popularity will drive some extra traffic to its shores à la Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland.
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      Maharashtra Tourism Dept Mulls Tax Exemption on Tickets If Movie is Shot in State  
      The proposed 100% tax waiver will not be applicable to Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Pimpri- Chinchwad. To promote Maharashtra as a destination for film shoots, the state tourism department is considering offering exemptions in entertainment tax on movie tickets, even a hundred percent waiver in certain cases, for films that spend a large part of their shooting schedules in the state.
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      Wyo. Tourism Capitalizes on 'The Good Dinosaur'  
     

With Disney-Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" now in theatres, the Wyoming Office of Tourism is excited to announce the release of online resources, available at WyomingTourism.org/thegooddinosaur, designed to help visitors plan paleontological experiences in the state.
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      UK Government Uses Star Wars Film in New Tourism Push  
      Ahead of the much-anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 17, the UK government's GREAT Britain campaign have announced a collaboration with leading names from the sports, business and entertainment world.
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      The Real Reason Star Trek Beyond Decided to Shoot in Dubai  
      While Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness primarily stuck to the United States or the UK for filming, next year's Star Trek Beyond opted to widen its scope. In addition to primarily shooting in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 2016 blockbuster did additional shoots at other locations across the globe, including the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. Producer Jeffrey Chernov said several months ago that Dubai was chosen primarily for fitting their "world of the future" needs, but there's another reason the production chose that location: a great tax incentive.
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      Return of The Fans: New 'Star Wars' Film Sparking Tourism in Arizona City  
      The Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, addressed a Film Tourism Seminar organised by the Malta Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Malta Film Commission. The Minister noted that today's traveller has become an avid explorer seeking new experiences and constantly looking for new destinations.
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